My house is old. I probably shouldn’t say that, because it’s actually a couple of years younger than I am, but I’m not still wearing stuff from the 70’s. We bought it because it has a phenomenal view and good bones. It’s been a lot of work, mostly for my industrious husband, but we’ve brought the better part of it into this century. The most recent transformation was our bedroom.
Before I give you a tour of what it looks like now, you need to fully appreciate where it started. When we took our first tour of the house, this room was lemon yellow with a pastel wallpaper border. There were very dark, sliding, louvered closet doors and carpet that had been subjected to whatever the previous homeowners’ pets wanted to do to it. At least, I’m assuming it was pets, based on the crazed scratch marks on the inside of the bedroom door. One wall was covered in wood paneling.
We didn’t make it any better by buying furniture that was way too big for the small room. I had the wallpaper border down before we moved in, and we threw on some paint (which looks green in most of these photos, but is actually a pretty depressing grey). We eventually took the closet doors off and pulled up the carpet, but that’s as far as improvements got in that room. We had an entire house to deal with, and as long as the door closed, it got bumped to the bottom of the list.
We finally decided last Christmas that updating our bedroom would be our gift to each other. Our budget was $3500 for the entire room, so Ikea was our friend. We started gathering supplies like closet organizers and a new bed. I agonized over paint colors. We splurged a little on the flooring, choosing a gorgeous Acacia that I love more than I can tell you. My husband started gutting the room the day after Christmas and was finished with everything by the new year. Yes, I was amazed too.
You can’t fully understand the differences without seeing them side by side, so here’s a few before-and-afters. Let’s start with what we were faced with just walking into the room. That entry had not one, but three doors. There was the one entering the room, the bathroom door to the right, and a pocket door that slid out just past that. We really aren’t sure why it was there, but that slider is gone now. Removing that door and the surrounding unnecessary wall really opened it up and made it feel bigger.
The closet. Oh, the closet. It was oddly shaped inside, had no sort of organization whatsoever, and was just plain ugly. Because of the weird interior, my husband was able to bump it back a couple of feet and gain us more floor space.
It’s nice to have a full-length mirror in the room without having the entire closet mirrored. The extra lights he installed above the doors make it so much easier to find what I need inside the closet.
I think this photo says it all.
The giant furniture I mentioned? I was so happy when our Craigslist buyer hauled it away. We were constantly dodging that footboard, and the two dressers took up most of the room.
We knew we didn’t want another dresser if we could help it. Instead, we opted for drawers under the bed and a wall cabinet above. We didn’t plan the cabinet originally, but I actually love how it fits into the room. The answer to the question everyone asks is, no, we don’t hit our heads on it getting into bed.
There wasn’t much in the room that was salvageable, but we were able to update our early 2000’s blue ceiling fan. Joel took the blades off and spray painted them tan and we replaced the blue glass with bubbled clear. I love it now!
After Joel had finished the construction and assembly, it was my turn to add some softer touches. I made the blue quilt you see on our bed in the before pictures, but that wasn’t going to match our new color scheme, and we were ready for something new anyway. I didn’t want to make a queen-sized quilt again, so we started searching for something ready-made to buy. We found very few that we liked, and our price range and quality standards were miles apart. I got out my graph paper and we took a trip to the fabric store.
I thought it would be interesting to make the quilt from microfiber, or faux suede, but I wasn’t sure if that was even possible. I contacted GenClare, the quilters I would be sending the quilt to, and they didn’t foresee any issues, so I went with it. It turned out exactly as I envisioned, and was even better after the quilting was done. And it can be thrown into the washer and dryer!
In an odd twist, I intended to also make the curtains, but wound up buying them instead. I should say, I made the curtains, hated them, and found some I loved at Target. Go figure. The windows are two different sizes, and odd sizes at that when it comes to curtains, so I bought some that were too long and hemmed them. Look for a project coming soon using the part I cut off. And don’t worry about those reject curtains. With a little reworking, they were perfect for our guest room.
The last thing I added was these pillows, although we still plan to hang a map somewhere in the room.
I’m sure by now you’re all tired of hearing how amazing I think my husband is, but this was quite a feat, and one he pulled off in a short time but exactly the way we hoped. Best Christmas present ever!